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Scoop: Prince’s sister says star had no will, takes action

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Tyka Nelson, pictured outside the home of her brother Prince in Chanhassen, Minn., has filed court papers regarding the late musician’s estate. (AP/Steve Karnowski))
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As the world continues to mourn for Prince, his family is beginning the complex process of dealing with his stuff.

On Tuesday, his sister Tyka Nelson said he didn’t have a will and asked a Minnesota court to appoint a trust company (which already has provided financial services to the artist) to temporarily oversee his multimillion-dollar — the exact amount is unclear — estate, the Associated Press reported.

In the filing, Nelson said immediate action was necessary to manage Prince’s business interests following his April 21 death at his home and recording studio in suburban Minneapolis.

If he left no will or trust, divvying up his fortune could get complicated, said Susan Link, a top Minnesota probate lawyer. Link said attorneys will need to get Prince’s siblings to agree on asset distribution, and that it could get extremely complicated if they don’t.

“They will try to set the family down,” said Link, who isn’t involved in the case. “They’re not going to try to light the match and get a big fire going and get everybody fighting about this.”

Prince’s sister requested a special administrator be appointed to handle the assets in the court documents, which also named Prince’s half-siblings John Nelson, Norrine Nelson, Sharon Nelson, Alfred Jackson and Omar Baker as heirs, according to CNN.

Some observers warn that a will or trust document may surface. When Michael Jackson died in June 2009, longtime lawyer John Branca filed a will six days later, upending moves by Jackson’s mother to become his estate’s executor based on her assuming there was no will, the AP reported.

KELLY, MICHAEL UPDATE

Things still are wild on “Live with Kelly and Michael.”

On Tuesday, Kelly Ripa returned to the talk show after calling in sick for a few days to “gather (her) thoughts” in response to ABC’s surprise announcement that co-host Michael Strahan was leaving. She said her bosses apologized to her, and she’d received assurances the show was important to parent Walt Disney Co.

But only hours after the show’s telecast, her remarks were upstaged by an updated notice that Strahan will leave May 13 for duties on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” not in September, as previously indicated.

Ripa’s feeling “disrespected” by executives isn’t unwarranted. CNN media critic Brian Stelter noted that the treatment she received isn’t new: “Think about Barbara Walters or Deborah Norville on the Today Show, or Ann Curry more recently on the Today Show,”

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